Revisiting the PGS20 highlights

A progressive agenda for a new normality in the post-pandemic world

Event Details

Digital summit (online)


Thank you to all of those who took part in the Progressive Governance Digital Summit a few weeks ago. We were inspired by your enthusiasm towards the digital setting, content and debates, and we drew nearly 3,000 fellow progressives from 70+ countries worldwide.

Together with more than 100 speakers and 25 partner organisations, we have taken an important step in offering a profound progressive analysis of the unfolding social and economic crisis, and pathways towards a ‘new normality’. Making use of this momentum will support the progressive community in promoting solidarity – within and between societies. We would like to thank once again colleagues at Das Progressive Zentrum in Berlin and all the partner organisations from across Europe and the wider world for making this possible.

Three weeks on, we are still digesting the rich contributions, analyses, innovative proposals and visions that enlightened the 30+ sessions. As a first step, we would like to invite you to revisit the full agenda, the scenario paper, and ten selected sessions which you can watch back on demand below. We will be making many more of the sessions available over the rest of the summer.

What’s at stake? Progressive visions for a post-Covid future
with Jeremy Cliffe, Maja Göpel, Yascha Mounk, Max Neufeind and Ophélie Omnes

The fate of the world economy: How progressives can shape the great transformation
with Nadia Calviño, Anneliese Dodds, Dani Rodrik and Anna Sauerbrey

On geostrategic shifts and the future of multilateralism
with Madeleine Albright, Joschka Fischer and Julianne Smith

How to respond to a crisis?
with Lodewijk Asscher and Mark Leonard

The shifts in geopolitics: Progressive answers to (de-)globalisation in a post-Covid world
with Annalena Baerbock, Mariana Mazzucato, Olaf Scholz and Matthew Taylor

How to tackle the new wave of nationalism and illiberal populism
with Catherine E. De Vries, Matthew Goodwin and Anna Lührmann

Will austerity return? Economic policy post Covid-19
with Megan Greene, Adam Tooze and Christian Odendahl

Europe’s Hamiltonian moment? Prospects for EU reform and strategies for a new progressive agenda 2022+
with Wolfgang Schmidt and Cerstin Gammelin

German Presidency of the Council of the European Union
with Heiko Maas

A progressive vision for reimagining the social contract
with Anke Hassel, Matthew Taylor and Maria Skóra

If you are keen to continue the conversations, you will be happy to hear that PGS will continue next year! To support us in building on the success of PGS20, we would like your feedback on this year’s summit. Please share your reflections and ideas for improvement by completing a brief survey (it won’t take longer than 5 minutes).

2021 is already throwing long shadows ahead: progressives might lead the governments in the US, Germany and the Netherlands once again and they must win political leadership at all levels to overcome the Covid-19 crisis. One thing is for certain: we will have plenty to discuss.